Discovering Luxembourg City: The Most Underrated European Capital

It was early hours in the morning when I arrived in Luxembourg City. 2.15 AM to be precise. I hadn’t booked a hostel, as I figured I could sleep on the 6-hour bus ride and then just wait in the hostel lobby until morning. But alas, I didn’t catch one minute of sleep on the bus, so I was absolutely knackered when I made it…

Discovering Iran: An 18-Day Round-Up

On January 12th, Steve and I embarked on a journey through the magnificent country of Iran. For 18 days, we travelled around the country, exploring new places every day and getting to know and understand the unique Iranian culture. We travelled for 5.700 km, explored 7 cities, visited many tiny villages, ticked off 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and discovered some of the most amazing…

Wintery Days in the Northerly City of Tabriz

At 2 PM on January 25th, we caught a night bus from Shiraz, and 20 hours later, at 10 AM on January 26th, we arrived in Tabriz, a city in the far northwest corner of Iran. Tabriz is a long way out of the loop of Iran that we had been doing, but we wanted to experience a completely different part of the country as…

The Cultural Heritage of Fars: To Persepolis and Beyond

On our second and last day in Shiraz, we arranged to go on a day trip with Australian Qail and Spanish Itziar to four extremely interesting cultural sights: the ancient Achaemenid capital of Pasargadae, the ancient necropolis of Naqsh-e Rustam, the ancient rock carvings of Naqsh-e Rajab and the famous site of Persepolis, an ancient ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. We hired a taxi…

Out of Kerman: A Day Trip to Bam, Rayen and Mahan

Continuing our tours in the area around Kerman, the day after exploring the Lut Desert, our driver took us to three interesting historical sites; The ancient citadel of Bam, the ancient castle of Rayen and the 18th century Persian Garden of Shazdeh in Mahan. Arg-e Bam – The Ancient Citadel of Bam Arg-e Bam dates back to the Achaemenid Empire (6th-4th centuries BC), although most…

Iranian Desert Experience at UNESCO’S Lut Desert

At 10 PM on January 18th, we arrived in the city of Kerman, the 10th most populous city in Iran with a population of 900,000. We didn’t come to Kerman for the city itself, but for the many interesting sights that surround the city, including the Lut Desert, A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Exhausted after a 5½-hour long bus journey, we decided to settle for…